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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: Daniel Kaluuya steps down following a conflicting schedule

If Black Panther: Wakanda Forever should be loaded with festivities (marines), actor Daniel Kaluuya will not be present this time. Already cut off from its star, Ryan Coogler’s second film will therefore have to do without the talents of the British interpreter, retained on the set of the film Nope by Jordan Peele. Kaluuya, revealed on the Skins series in the UK, owes a lot to Peele for his participation in the film Get Out, a far more important marker for his personal career than the first Black Panther. The actor therefore had to decide between these two filmings, which were incompatible in time.

Wakanda Tomorrow

This does not mean that the man will not be present for the Wakanda series, a project under study in the category of spin-offs planned for the Disney + platform and which should be responsible for developing relations between the fictional nation and its different tribes (probably inspired by the volume of Ta-Nehisi Coates). For now, the character played by Kaluuya – W’Kabi, best friend of the late King T’Challa and husband of the best soldier in the kingdom, Okoye (Danai Gurira) – will therefore be absent from the adventure.

Which isn’t necessarily bad news. Faced with the terrible disappearance of Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Coogler and his teams were faced with a major challenge in the franchise economy: to write a new film without its tutelary figure, positioning themselves on new issues, new problematic, and having to face the fear of emptiness caused by the absence of the founding hero. An unprecedented situation at Marvel Studios, which means that we know nothing, for the moment, of the synopsis of Black Panther: Walanda Forever. Apart from that the film should embark Namor, camped by Tenoch Huerta – the main attraction of the project – and Riri Williams, played by actress Dominique Thorne.

In short, the absence of Kaluuya would not be seen as extremely serious in a film which will have to, willingly or by force, take a little distance with the scenario of the first part. It remains to be hoped that Nope is worth it, and that this absence does not participate in the tireless web of bad news that has arisen around this sequel, since preproduction.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is due out on November 9, 2022.

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